Theology & Philosophy

Maimonides on Free Will, Liberty, and Human Perfection


Free will and its role in human excellence and happiness were among the central concerns of medieval Jewish thinkers, and of thinkers ever since. We propose a conference on Moses Maimonides, the most important Jewish philosopher of the Middle Ages, both in relation to free will and in relation to other scholars, including Thomas Aquinas, one of the Christian philosophers whom Maimonides influenced.


Conference Readings

Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1985.

Fox, Marvin. Interpreting Maimonides. Chicago: University Press, 1990.

Mainmonides. Book of Knowledge. New York: Feldheim, 1981.

Moses Maimonides. Guide for the Perplexed. Edited by Raymond Weiss and Charles Butterworth. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.

Novak, David. Natural Law in Judaism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.